An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices

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Cambridge University Press, 2013 - Religion - 521 pages
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In this new edition of the best-selling Introduction to Buddhism, Peter Harvey provides a comprehensive introduction to the development of the Buddhist tradition in both Asia and the West. Extensively revised and fully updated, this new edition draws on recent scholarship in the field, exploring the tensions and continuities between the different forms of Buddhism. Harvey critiques and corrects some common misconceptions and mistranslations, and discusses key concepts that have often been over-simplified and over-generalised. The volume includes detailed references to scriptures and secondary literature, an updated bibliography, and a section on web resources. Key terms are given in Pali and Sanskrit, and Tibetan words are transliterated in the most easily pronounceable form, making this is a truly accessible account. This is an ideal coursebook for students of religion, Asian philosophy and Asian studies, and is also a useful reference for readers wanting an overview of Buddhism and its beliefs.
 

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User Review  - FionaLiddle - LibraryThing

An excellent introduction including more than the bare minimum. Harvey pays attention to important linguistic points which other introductions often skip over and explains the history and major philosophical elements of Buddhism well. Read full review

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User Review  - refuge - LibraryThing

The more introductory books I read on Buddhism, the more I come to appreciate this one. It is very well written and makes a very complex subject matter easy to understand. If I had to choose just one introduction to Buddhism, this would be it. Read full review

Contents

Introduction I
1
The Buddha and his Indian Context
8
Rebirth and Karma
32
The Four True Realities for
50
Early Developments in Buddhism
88
The Varieties of Emptiness
114
Mahayana Holy Beings and Tantric Buddhism
151
The Later History and Spread of Buddhism
194
Ethics
264
The Songho
287
Meditation and Cultivation
318
The Modern History of Buddhism in Asia
376
Buddhism Beyond Asia
419
Canons of Serzptures
459
Index
491
Copyright

Devotion 737
237

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Peter Harvey is Emeritus Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Sunderland. He is author of An Introduction to Buddhist Ethics: Foundations, Values and Issues (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and The Selfless Mind: Personality, Consciousness and Nirv na in Early Buddhism (1995). He is editor of the Buddhist Studies Review.

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